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Celebrating Copiague’s Retirees

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During their virtual meeting on June 15, the Copiague School District’s Board of Education and administrators acknowledged teachers and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon and Board of Education members offered their congratulations to the retirees for their many years of hard work and dedication to the Copiague School District, which account for a total of more than 370 years of service.

Retiring at the end of the school year are: Terri Alzmann, elementary teacher, Susan E. Wiley (34 years); Patricia Bean, cafeteria aide, Copiague Middle School (25 years); Nancy Csorny, elementary teacher, Deauville Gardens East (31 years); Ellen Duffy, office assistant, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (22 years); Jean Marie Fortunato, special education teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (35 years); Minnett Hall, science teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (19 years); Marisa Katz, office assistant, Great Neck Road (13 years); Scott Kelly, groundskeeper (38 years); Diane Lando, reading teacher, Copiague Middle School (24 years); Carole Olsen, health teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (34 years); Linda Paduano, special education teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (34 years); Stamatia Pagiazitis, reading teacher, Copiague Middle School (23 years); Effie Sofos, ESL teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (19 years); and Kathleen Williams, teaching assistant, Susan E. Wiley (21 years).

What Is Art?

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Elementary art teacher Jodie Embleton asked her elementary student-artists what art means to them. Here’s a video that proudly showcases their love of art!

Parading Eagle Pride Through Copiague Schools

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During the first week of June, the four elementary schools and middle school in the Copiague School District celebrated their students during individual school car parades. The parades celebrated the many successes of the Copiague students, while also giving them a chance to have a proper send-off for the summer months.

Teachers and administrators, dressed in blue and white and showing off their school pride, lined the sidewalks of their respective schools. As the teachers were waving, cheering and holding signs, the cars filled with students lined up down the street to catch a glimpse of their teachers. Students created their own signs, decorated cars and filled them with balloons and banners as they paraded down through the school.

Many of the schools have planned separate parades for their students that are moving on to the middle school and the high school next fall.

School Counselor Starts Each Day with a Story

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After she learned school was not returning for the remainder of the year, Deauville Gardens East school counselor Lysa Mullady, who is also a children’s book author, was looking for a way to keep in touch with the students. “The only thing I could think of was to read stories on the computer,” Ms. Mullady said. “I brought a wagon to school and brought home all my picture books.” Ms. Mullady learned about Google Classroom and Screencastify and on the first day of instruction, she recorded a story and posted it to every classroom at Deauville Gardens East. She has read a new story to the students every single morning since that day. “At first, I felt a bit silly, reading to a computer,” she said. “Then I heard from families who said how much the stories meant to them. They start their day listening.”

Celebration of the Arts

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Copiague School District’s fine arts department put together an artwork slideshow as a tribute to essential workers. View some of the student artwork here: